Love, Olazabal to lead
2012 Ryder Cup teams
Davis Love III didn’t have much success against Jose Maria Olazabal as a player in the Ryder Cup. Now he gets to see how he fares against the Spaniard as a captain.
Two officials involved with the selection process confirm Monday that Love will be the next U.S. captain. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement won’t come until Thursday at Medinah in suburban Chicago, where the 2012 matches will be played.
Reports out of Europe indicate Spain’s Olazabal will be introduced as captain today at the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Love played on six Ryder Cup teams, winning the pivotal point at The Belfry in 1993. He played on only one other winning team, contributing to the great American comeback in 1999 at Brookline. His career record was 9-12-5.
Love was a vice captain in October when Europe won back the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
Ohio State moves into
top spot in AP rankings
Ohio State is the second team to hold the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press Top 25 this season.
The Buckeyes (18-0) moved up one spot to replace defending national champion Duke, which was No. 1 in the preseason Top 25 and the first nine polls of the regular season, including six weeks as the unanimous pick of the 65-member national media panel.
The Blue Devils’ loss at Florida State opened the way for the Buckeyes, who received 49 first-place votes. Kansas, which was No. 1 on six ballots, and Syracuse, which got eight first-place votes, each moved up one spot to second and third.
Duke dropped to fourth. Pittsburgh, San Diego State and Villanova remained fifth through seventh, and Connecticut, Brigham Young and Texas rounded out the top 10.
Also: Auburn guard Frankie Sullivan will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury sustained over the summer. Sullivan had surgery on his left knee July 27 and missed the first eight games. He has averaged eight points and three assists in six outings but hasn’t played in any of the Southeastern Conference games.
Indiana sophomore guard Maurice Creek, who spent more than a year trying to recover from a fractured left kneecap, will be out indefinitely after suffering a stress fracture in his right kneecap, coach Tom Crean said.
Before last season’s injury, he was Indiana’s top scorer at 16.4 points per game and was their most explosive leaper. He started 13 of 18 games this season but averaged only 8.3 points.
Painter among qualifiers
in Red Rock PBA tourney
PBA Senior Tour player Kerry Painter of Henderson and four women are among 50 players who advanced in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock.
Diandra Asbaty, Liz Johnson, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Missy Parkin will join reigning Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick in the Elite 125-player field for qualifying sessions from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. today and at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday.
After 20 games, the field will be cut to the top 53, who will bowl 16 more games to determine the top 24 for match-play rounds Thursday and Friday. The stepladder finals air live on ABC (13) at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Also: Florida Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe is expected to miss four to six weeks while recovering from a broken jaw.